U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, on Tuesday, released the following statement on the nomination of Department of Labor (DOL) Deputy Secretary Julie Su to replace Marty Walsh as Secretary of DOL. Cassidy previously voted against her deputy secretary nomination.
“Deputy Secretary Su has a troubling record and is currently overseeing the Department of Labor’s development of anti-worker regulations that will dismantle the gig economy. This does not inspire confidence in her ability to hold her current position, let alone be promoted,” said Dr. Cassidy. “The HELP Committee should have a full and thorough hearing process to evaluate Julie Su’s nomination.”
Julie A. Su has served as a highly-respected and successful public servant in California. She had long been dedicated to civil rights and labor activism before assuming public office, first beginning her legal career at the Asian-Pacific American Legal Center and later on becoming a Litigation Director for Advancing Justice L.A., a non-profit civil rights organization. During Jerry Brown’s tenure as Governor of California, Su headed the state’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), where she pushed for increased protection of the rights of working women and other vulnerable groups. Following this, in 2021, she was appointed by President Biden to serve as the United States deputy secretary of labor, a post in which she continued serving until February 2023, when she was nominated by President Biden to be the United States Secretary of Labor.
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